Doctor Nisha Rakhesh

Dr Nisha Rakhesh works closely with the Institute's researchers establishing and maintaining professional working relationships with key industry and government organisations. She provides comprehensive advice to researchers on grant development, negotiates with external partners and liaises with the Office of Research Services to ensure applications meet target objectives. Her duties also include analysing data on research performance and providing advice to the Director of Research about future research strategies.

Technical Expertise

Nisha has considerable experience in coordinating and implementing agricultural and environmental management projects both in India and Australia. Before joining the HIE, she worked as Senior Project Officer (Sugarcane Nutrient Management and Sustainable Agriculture) with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland Government.

Nisha holds a PhD in Agriculture Cereal Biochemistry from the University of New England, Armidale (2010).

Training

  • Digital image processing using ERDAS and ArC GIS software's at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing
  • Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy at University of Sydney,
  • X-ray diffraction and Small- Angle X-ray Scattering at Australian Nuclear Scientific and Technology Organisation, Sydney.

Awards and Recognition

  • One of the six finalists for 2010 American Association of Cereal Chemists International Best Student Research Paper Competition held 26th October 2010 at Savannah, Georgia, USA.

Selected Publications

Aravind N (2013) An analysis of cane nitrogen inputs and crop yields to inform Great Barrier Reef water quality improvement (Unpublished), Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland Government

Aravind N, Sissons MJ, Fellows CF, (2013) 'Effect of resistant starch II and III levels in durum wheat pasta to reduce in vitro digestibility while maintain processing and sensory characteristics', Food Chemistry 2013, vol.136, no.2, pp 1100-1109

Aravind N, Sissons MJ, Fellows CF, (2012) 'Effect of β-glucan on technological, sensory and structural properties of Durum Wheat Pasta', Cereal Chemistry, vol.89, no.2, pp 84-93

Aravind N, Sissons MJ, Fellows CF, (2012) 'Effect of insoluble dietary fibre addition on technological, sensory, and structural properties of durum wheat spaghetti', Food Chemistry, vol.132, no.2, pp 299-309

Aravind N, Sissons MJ, Fellows CF, (2012) 'Effect of soluble fibre (guar gum and carboxymethylcellulose) addition on technological, sensory and structural properties of durum wheat spaghetti', Food Chemistry, vol.131, no.3, pp 893-900

Aravind N, Sissons MJ, Fellows CF, Blazek J, Gilbert EP, (2012) 'Effect of Inulin soluble dietary fibre on technological, sensory and structural properties of durum wheat spaghetti', Food Chemistry, pp 993-1002

Aravind N, Sissons MJ, Fellows CF, (2011) 'Can variation in durum wheat pasta protein and starch composition affect in vitro starch hydrolysis?', Food Chemistry, vol.124, no.3, pp 816-821

Sissons MJ, Aravind N, Fellows CF, ( 2010) 'Quality of Fibre-Enriched Spaghetti Containing Microbial Transglutaminase', Cereal Chemistry, vol.87, no.1, pp 57-64

Aravind N, Rakhesh D, (2006) 'Analysis of integrated farming systems prevalent in homestead agro forestry of Kerala, India', International Journal of Plant Sciences, vol.2, pp 182-187

Aravind N, Rakhesh D, Jinu A, (2005) 'Development of crop suitability Report database for Pathanamthitta district using Remote Sensing and GIS', Published by ICAR, India.